Sep 9, 2010 11:00pm EDT
charges. >>> new numbers tonight showing how explosive cyber crime is worldwide. maureen back with your fox 5 top five. >> we begin with fiber crime running rampart. no. 5, a new study estimates 65% of computer users worldwide have been victims of some sort of fiber crime. the most common form? malware attacks such as viruses and spyware. no. 4, another reason to quit smoking. german scientists found men who smoke have lower levels of a chemical that can affect male fertility. researchers in denmark found prenatal exposure to cigarette smoke could damage fertility of the developing embryo. no. 3, good news on the roads. the number of traffic deaths hit a 60 year low. the transportation department says 2009's death toll on the nation's roads was just over 33,000. they credit safer vehicles, increased use of seatbelts and tougher drop. no. 2, the d.c. area now under a drought watch. officials are calling on every one to conserve water asking you to limit how much you water your lawn, use a commercial car wash that recycles water and reduce showers to under five minutes. no. 1, metro
Sep 3, 2010 11:00pm EDT
business practices. fox 5's maureen umeh with the news edge. >> his name is vincent abel and he's accused of swindling desperate homeowners out of their homes. some fought back, a few won but at a high cost. these are slow steps to rove for maria theresa wilson -- recovery for maria theresa wilson, a former educator with a masters degree battling back from a head injury that left her devastated both physically and financially. >> i didn't know where to go or what to do. >> reporter: unable to work her northwest d.c. home went into foreclosure. that's when she was approached by a man promising help. >> they knocked on the door and said we realize you're in preforeclosure and we can help you do this and help you with your a rearages and i said oh, my god, this is wonderful. >> reporter: that man worked for vincent abel, a local d.c. businessman involved in real estate and the mortgage business. wilson said she unwittingly signed over the title of her house to abel and became a renter in her own home. she still had to pay her mortgage and when she couldn't keep up, abel evicted her.